RWANDA – The Telecom operators regulating body, in Rwanda, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has passed a mandatory follow suit to telecom companies for the registration of all sim card in Rwanda. This is said to help curb fraud.
This new law requires everyone to get a new SIM card or those wishing to swap them, to get it from their respective service providers’ service centers, authorized agent shops and kiosks. This will help to speed up the process and kill fraud completely in Rwanda.
According to Charles Gahungu the General Manager ICT Regulation Department at RURA, this new procedure will enhance SIM card security because it will include Identity Card details and also taking pictures of the people buying or swapping SIM cards. In his words, he continued to say that, the old system of registering the SIM cards has been letting people having their IDs used without their knowledge.
“Literally the sim cards were being registered by only checking if the ID number exists, where the agents were able to activate the sim card as long as they had an ID number, this resulted in people having sim cards registered on their IDs without their knowledge” Charles Gahungu noted with concern aboit Rwanda SIM card registration.
More so, RURA reminded all telecom subscribers to carry out a regular check of SIM cards registered on their IDs by dialling *125#, and self-deregister any unrecognized SIM card.
On the same note, it should be known that, Rwanda sim card registration follows behind her neighbors like Uganda who started doing the same thing a few years ago. East Africa is moving at the same speed.